Pushing Ektar 100 (Help Needed)

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Pushing Ektar 100 (Help Needed)

Post by LoneWolfnCamera » Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:40 pm

Hey folks! I'm new to color processing and have hit a huge bump in the figurative road. I went for a nice little hike a few weeks ago and brought along some Ektar 100 to capture some of the stunning colors of the local flora, especially the great golden color of the California Poppies that had recently come into bloom. Wouldn't you know it? I forgot my spot meter at home and so had to rely on the built-in meter of my Pentax 67. No big deal. However, it wasn't until I loaded a fresh roll of Tri-X that I realized my meter was set to 1600 ISO! Words cannot express the level of horror suddenly thrust upon me by this shocking revelation. I had recently been playing around with Tri-X in the darkroom; some night time photography, a push here, a push there and this would explain the high rating of my camera's meter. However, this does not explain my stupidity.

So I come to you seeking counsel regarding my next move in the development process. I've read that it is not advised to push Ektar as there will likely be unwanted effects like color casts, graininess, what-have-you. But, due to my rookie mistake I believe a push or two is absolutely necessary. What would you suggest? Should I even attempt a 4-stop push with this film or perhaps just meet in the middle at a 2-stop push and hope the film is not too incredibly underexposed? Please, HELP!

Jeremy
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Re: Pushing Ektar 100 (Help Needed)

Post by perfesserkev » Thu May 04, 2017 3:57 pm

Hi Jeremy,

Generally color neg films only push well by a stop. At two stops the quality suffers hugely. At four stops I doubt there would be much usable about it. However, you may have a happy weird surprise! So the choice is "what the heck" and a four-stop push (if so, post them here). Or chalking it up as one that got away.
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Re: Pushing Ektar 100 (Help Needed)

Post by LoneWolfnCamera » Fri May 12, 2017 10:39 am

perfesserkev, thanks for the reply, I was worried that might be the case. Well I guess I can use this roll as a sort of experiment. I'll just see what an attempted 4-stop push looks like. I'll try to post the results as soon as I get myself some fresh chemistry. I got nothing to lose here.
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